Bio for Kathy Mitchell
Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell is currently the Vice President and International Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and a noted speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions. Ms. Mitchell has a Master of Human Services (MHS) degree and is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) with thirty years of experience as a national educator, clinician, and lecturer. She is faculty of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Selective and was appointed by Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She serves on several expert panels including the special committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) developing guidelines for the identification and management of substance use disorders in pregnancy, the international expert planning committee for the International Conference on FASD/ University of British Columbia, SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence expert panel and the American College of OB-GYNS (AGOG) special committee to develop a model of care for women with substance use disorders. Ms. Mitchell conceptualized and facilitates an international birth mother mentorship program: Warrior Mom Network; Circle of Hope (COH), the COH National speaker’s bureau, and the national Hope for Women in Recovery National Summits. She has authored several published papers and chapters about FASD, the NOFAS-FASD Certification curriculum for addictions professionals (F-CAP), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; a Guidebook for Parents and Caregivers, and co-authored Making a Difference: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Public Awareness Guide. She served as an FASD expert and advised the writers of NBC’s Law and Order; Special Victims Unit to create an episode about FASD: “Choices.” She provides live media interviews and has been featured on NBC’s Later Today Show, NBC’s Real Life, BBC Radio, The Washington Post, PA Today and Glamour Magazine. She has testified to the United States House of Representatives on behalf of several bills and founded and co-chairs the Maryland FASD Coalition.
Videos of Kathy Mitchell
Circle of Hope Introduction
Speech at NOFAS Event
Kathy Mitchell & daughter Karli Schrider on FASD and criminal victimization:
Kathy Mitchell on “Later Today” (2000)
Family Panel featuring Kathy Mitchell and her daughter Karli:
Bio for Kathy Mitchell’s daughter Karli Schrider
Karli Schrider has volunteered for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) for over twenty years. She created the artwork for the NOFAS logo and in 1998 received a NOFAS Leadership Award for her efforts. She has received numerous awards for her volunteer efforts. In 1999, former President George Bush presented her with the Daily Point of Lights Award. She appeared on numerous television shows including “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC’s “Real Life,” and the “Leeza Show.” Karli has been a featured presenter at several national conferences on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and has been featured in many FASD educational video’s including Recovering Hope, Better Safe than Sorry, and the NOFAS-UK video that was distributed to every high school in the UK. Currently Karli works at T. J. Max. She continues to enjoy horseback riding, pottery and is an active member in the Weekenders Club and the Georgetown Best Buddies program. Although Karli lives with FAS, and faces difficult daily challenges, she continues to motivate and inspire all those who meet her.
In 1994, Karli began volunteering for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). NOFAS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that is committed to raising public awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other alcohol related effects, and developing innovative ideas in prevention, education and advocacy in communities throughout the nation. By allowing NOFAS to share her life story and experiences, Karli provides encouragement to others with FAS, and the parents, families, caregivers and educators who support them. Karli has appeared on numerous television programs. Her last televised appearance generated more that 800 requests to the NOFAS Information, Resource and Referral Line. Karli has co-presented at several national FASD conferences has been featured in many FASD educational video’s. Karli not only provides real life context for the importance of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy, but her beautiful smile and spirit offers hope to those that may have already drank during pregnancy, or may have a child with FAS. Karli created artwork used by NOFAS on its prevention materials and in publications, and has helped disseminate FAS prevention material. In 1999, former President George Bush personally presented Karli with the Daily Point of Lights Award for her volunteer efforts. Senator Thomas Dashle was so moved after he met Karli that he shared her story on the Senate floor when he introduced recent FAS legislation. Karli’s efforts have been invaluable in the continuing fight to increase the understanding and, ultimate prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Karli Schrider Receiving Points of Light Award from George H.W. Bush:
Photos of Kathy Mitchell and Karli Schrider